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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 21, 2010 7:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'You Are The Eyes... brrrrzzzzap... World...' (Movie Soundtrack Question)

Thanks for the education. Interesting. Did they generally do it that way (i.e., were those patterns and chords inevitable because of the song structure) or did it change over time?

I've always liked the tribal world-music aspect of Mickey's drumming, but I have to agree that two drummers is rather unwieldy, and that the one-drummer period is, well, really really good. Not just for that reason, I'm sure, but still, there it is. I never quite got why they had two drummers in the first place and kept with it; I've read the stories, but it still doesn't make sense to me somehow ...

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Oct 21, 2010 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'You Are The Eyes... brrrrzzzzap... World...' (Movie Soundtrack Question)

Those chords were constant - the jams in between the verses were always the same structure. I'm pretty sure this is the case, i.e. every single eyes is like this; it's as constant a part of the composition as the song/verse chord structure.

I think eyes is unique in that the jam/solo section don't directly reflect the chord changes of the song. In most songs the dead do where Jerry takes a solo or two in between verses, he generally just playing along with the chord structure of the verses, "singing" his own tune to it, as it were. But with eyes, the solo section is more modal, that is, scale-based rather than chord based. The band is play the Emaj7 and Bmin7 chords, but to Jerry that just means he gets to play whatever he wants in the E major and B dorian scales without having to worry about fitting into a new chord every 2 seconds.

I appreciate the things Mickey adds, but I think he did his best work before his departure in 1971. By the time he came back, I don't think he really fit into a lot of the songs that had developed in his absence.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Oct 21, 2010 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'You Are The Eyes... brrrrzzzzap... World...' (Movie Soundtrack Question)

I agree with everything Midnight C. is saying... :)

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